The inaugural awards focused on the role that financial leaders can play in creating sustainable businesses They were founded by NatWest, ICAEW and the Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability project.
The Prince of Wales sent a video message for the Finance Awards, in which he said he had come to realise that accountants in fact "ruled the world."
"As custodians of measurement and reporting, it is the finance professionals that enable an organisation to count what counts and measure what matters," he said.
The video message from the Prince of Wales for the Finance for the Future Awards
All the award entrants had to pass a due diligence check, and were visited on-site by a team of assessors. Finalists were then required to make a formal presentation to the panel of judges
The winners were;
Large business winner: South West Water
Medium business winner: Wilson James
Small business winner: Easibind
Not-for-profit winner: Charity Bank
Innovative newcomer: Giveacar
Public sector: Hadlow College Group
Highly commended awards were also presented to Danone, HW Fisher and Companies House.
The judges said they were impressed by South West Water’s Upstream Thinking project to improve water quality, and also praised Charity Bank for it’s “unique financing proposition” with “sustainability embedded and championed from the top.”
Duncan Sloan, head of community banking at NatWest said, "We believe that innovation is the vital ingredient for businesses to be sustainable in the long term, which is why we are supporting these awards in recognising organisations that have developed an innovative business model."
Robin Fieth, executive director of ICAEW said, “ICAEW believes that the finance and accountancy profession has a vital role to play in changing the way we approach sustainable business. We are helping to transform ideas into positive action, by developing practical guidance and tools for embedding sustainability into the decision making process.
For more information on the awards visit www.financeforthefuture.co.uk